BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on anti-fascist activist arrested for assault (all times local):
Northern California prosecutors have charged a former community college teacher and anti-fascist activist with assault for allegedly attacking attendees of a political rally.
The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged 28-year-old Eric Clanton with hitting several people on the head with a bicycle lock during a chaotic demonstration in Berkeley that turned violent on April 15. Court documents show police seizing flags, pamphlets and other paraphernalia associated with anti-fascist and anarchists’ movements.
Clanton is charged with assaulting demonstrators attending a pro-President Trump rally while wearing a mask. The assaults were captured on video and circulated widely on social media sites, which police say led them to Clanton.
Clanton’s attorney, Dan Siegel, didn’t return a call for comment on Friday.
Authorities say a former San Francisco Bay Area junior college professor has been arrested for allegedly beating three people during violent clashes between supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump last month.
Berkeley Police Lt. Dan Montgomery says 28-year-old Eric Clanton was arrested in Oakland for assault with a deadly weapon. Police say he used a bike lock in the beatings.
Online jail records show Clanton remained in custody Friday in lieu of $200,000 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney, and the Alameda County public defender’s office did not immediately return a telephone call seeking further information.
Montgomery says video posted on social media helped police identify Clanton as a suspect in violent assaults on April 15 at a downtown Berkeley park.
Nineteen adults were arrested.
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